poly·​am·​ory | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈa-mə-rē How to pronounce polyamory (audio) \
plural polyamories

Definition of polyamory

: the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time

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polyamorist \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈa-​mə-​rist How to pronounce polyamorist (audio) \ noun

Examples of polyamory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even years after Atlanta's first polyamory conference, acceptance remains an elusive goal. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Polyamorous relationships: When three isn't a crowd," 28 Jan. 2020 Some attendees were single or relatively new to polyamory. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Polyamorous relationships: When three isn't a crowd," 28 Jan. 2020 Hill is a Democrat, which probably explains the recent spate of articles from mainstream publications defending polyamory. John Hirschauer, National Review, "No, Polygamy Is Not a ‘Right’," 29 Oct. 2019 Some people may practice polyamory — having multiple steady partners at once. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, ""Things are opening up": Non-monogamy is more common than you'd think," 27 Oct. 2019 Currentzis plays the title character, Lev Landau, a brilliant scientist with an interest in polyamory. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Teodor Currentzis Brings His Intense Verdi to New York," 18 Nov. 2019 And that doesn’t even get into the polyamory or the BDSM of it all. Kerensa Cadenas, EW.com, "Kate Davies' In at the Deep End tells the truth about coming out later in life," 1 July 2019 Long before making flatware, Oneida was a religious commune founded on polyamory. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "The ‘free love’ utopia behind your forks and knives," 20 June 2019 During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pinkett Smith sat down to talk about her polarizing talk show, revealing that the next episode deals with polyamory. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Willow Smith's 'Curiosity' About Polyamory Inspired The Next Red Table Talk Episode," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of polyamory

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polyamory

polyamorous (from poly- + amorous) + -y entry 2

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“Polyamory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamory. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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